For a disease that is totally reversible in 95% of the cases. Disgusting for sure, but not that surprising.
Last week we learned that celebrity chef Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes and that she has found a way to make money off of it—without changing her horrible eating habits. She now has an endorsement deal with a Danish pharmaceutical firm that makes medications for her disease—drugs that cost about $500/month.
So, do you think she might be planning to change her eating habits and perhaps try to help some of her viewers avoid developing diabetes in the first place? Not. From the New York Times article (see link below)…
All the same, Ms. Deen said she would not change her own lifestyle or cooking style drastically, other than to reduce portion sizes of unhealthful foods. “I’ve always preached moderation,” she said. “I don’t blame myself.”
According to the Times article, Paula Deen for the past ten years has been “wielding slabs of cream cheese and mounds of mayonnaise and has become television’s self-crowned queen of Southern cuisine and one of the country’s most popular chefs, with an empire built on layers of gooey butter cake, fried chicken and sheer force of personality.” (See video below of her disgusting creativity in action—her doughnut burger.)
Not that surprising. While her behavior appears to be extreme as it ignores the future health of her viewers, should we be surprised? She has just decided to focus on what the “health care industry” tells us every single day,
Type 2 diabetes is not your fault. And, with the right combination of insulin and drugs, you can “manage” your disease for the rest of your life.
Although many physicians have completely reversed type 2 diabetes in 95% of their patients with diet change only, try to find that piece of information on the American Diabetes Association website. It’s not there.
No, Paula Deen is not the villain here; she’s just taking financial advantage of our extended f00d-healthcare-pharmaceutical-government-media “system” of maintaining the status quo and making money. You see, there’s not a lot of money to be made if millions Americans suddenly start getting healthy.
My colleague Dr. Greger posted an article on VegSource.com earlier this week (See link below.) He contrasted Paula’s behavior with that of Yul Brynner, who taped a commercial for the American Cancer Society the year before he died…
“Now that I’m gone,” he pleaded into the camera, “I tell you: Don’t smoke, whatever you do, just don’t smoke.”
Dr. Greger continued. Celebrity chef Paula Deen, known for using doughnuts to bun her bacon-and-egg burgers, could have used her diabetes diagnosis in the same way, in hopes that others wouldn’t make the same mistakes.
Instead, she announced yesterday, she is partnering “with a reputable pharmaceutical company” as spokesperson for a $500-a-month diabetes drug (with side-effects that may include pancreatitis and thyroid cancer). Instead of withdrawing her endorsements for Smithfield ham and Philadelphia cream cheese, Paula Deen just added another to the list. It would be as if Yul Brynner’s last breaths were instead spent hawking chemo.
Welcome to the Paula Deen Show
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So what do her fans think about her new role as a drug endorser? Mixed, as you might expect. From the Times article,
“Thousands of Ms. Deen’s fans tweeted their support and posted messages of sympathy on her Facebook wall Tuesday.
But many others questioned her motives in concealing the condition for so long, or said they spotted hypocrisy in her decision to profit from an illness that they believe she had abetted. On Facebook, Dolly Furst of Pennsylvania posted: “Sorry Paula. I think you hid the disease because the network thought people would dump your show.”
The Bottom Line. Our “system” is broken and can only be fixed with a grassroots revolution of people like us. As we spread the word about plant-based nutrition, gradually people everywhere will eventually have their own “blinding flash of the obvious” and start making better food choices.
Then, our free market system will deliver those healthy foods, and the former healthcare and pharmaceutical companies will slowly shrink to virtual insignificance. No, Sal, it may not happen during our lifetimes, but it will happen. In the meantime, eat more broccoli. Here are a few of my recent blogs on the topic of type 2 diabetes.
One more thing. A shot in the arm for our revolution would be for Paula Deen to accept the “bet” from Dr. John McDougall about reversing her diabetes instead of just managing it. Click here for all the details.
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